Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

how come Scottish people native to very rural regions of Scotland tend to speak English with such a rough accent?

I can't understand a word they say even if its English

Update:

@anon,

sorry, but being offended is your problem, not mine LOL 

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  • 2 months ago
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    There is quite a vowel change.

    Scots tend to produce very pure vowels. That is, the sound they make at the start of the vowel is exactly the same as that at the end.

    English tend to modify their vowels as they speak. For instance "COW" would have a vowel that started with an "er" sound, morph into an "ow" sound and end with an "oo" sound.

    Americans will often start with an "ee" sound then add on the English version.

    The "R" sound is quite different too. Americans send their tongue back to the top of the mouth while the Scots tend to roll them.

    In England, we struggle with a broad Glaswegian accent.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lGvPAGhW7M

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  • Zirp
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    2 months ago

    people speak like the people they grew up amongst.

    Scots is not English. it is a westgermanic language (leid) that developed paralell to English.

    Gaelic is a Celtic language

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Are you non-British? That’s your problem. It’s like expecting someone in London to understand redneck English or Ebonics. 

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  • 2 months ago

    For exactly the same reason that people from Boston have a Boston accent or people from London have a London accent.  Accents are regional.  

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